Four Booked, Probe Committee Formed After Student Dies Due to Alleged Medical Negligence at IIT Kanpur

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Students protest in IIT-Kanpur after the death of a research scholar due to alleged medical negligence. Credit: Twitter

Four employees, including a doctor of Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur´s (IIT-Kanpur) health centre were booked today in connection with the death of a 26-year-old research research scholar from cardiac arrest, even as the institute has formed a committee to probe the incident.

According to NewsX, Alok Kumar Pandey, 26, a PhD student of the material science programme, complained of severe chest and neck pain on Monday afternoon. He was immediately rushed to the health centre on campus.

The research scholar´s brother, Adarsh Kumar Pandey, has alleged that Alok was administered an injection at the health centre by Dr Shailendra Kishore without conducting any tests, PTI reports. As Alok´s condition deteriorated he was referred to a cardiology centre.

He, however, died on the way to the hospital.

After the news of Pandey’s death spread, students from his hostel protested alleging medical negligence.

Adarsh lodged a complaint on the basis of which an FIR was registered under section 304B (causing death by negligence) against Dr Kishore, the warden in-charge, guide Kamal Kekar and the hospital administrator. He also alleged that Alok was mistreated and tortured in the campus hostel.

Denying the allegations, IIT-Kanpur Director Indraneel Manna claimed that he had himself checked Alok´s ECG and found there to be a problem. He also denied that the student was mistreated in the hostel.

He said that a team of three specialist doctors from as many medical colleges of the city had been formed to probe the incident and were asked to submit a report in two weeks. None of the faculty members of IIT-Kanpur are a part of the probe committee.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Kanpur, Shalabh Mathur said an FIR had been lodged in the matter and the body had been sent for postmortem. A probe will be started in the matter on the basis of the postmortem report.

(With PTI inputs)